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Sorry, Greta … Donald has trumped the world on cutting emissions

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THE sale of petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned in the UK after 2035 and this date could be brought forward to 2032. The rich will now buy an electric vehicle, get a £3,500 grant, and leave taxpayers to pay for the EV charging infrastructure, which is ‘poorly understood, very hard to quantify, and almost entirely undocumented in the literature’. And for which there are also Government grants. 

Gas for heating and cooking will be banned in new homes from 2025 and in existing homes by 2050. Since a kilowatt-hour of energy from electricity costs around four times that of gas, there will be a huge increase in fuel poverty.

Scientists and engineers, not beholden to the climate industry, are warning not only of a chronic shortage of electricity, but blackouts.

The UK has pledged to be net carbon neutral by 2050 on its 1.13 per cent of global emissions. Great, what an achievement – even though it will cost trillions of pounds, industry relocated abroad, unemployment rates in high double figures, welfare benefits cut since no longer affordable, and state pensions reduced as taxpayers flee the country.

But what about the countries responsible for the other 98.87 per cent of global emissions? In 25 years of COP climate-change conferences, very little has been achieved except hot air and promises to meet again the next year in a more exotic location.

China, India, the oil-rich countries, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Brazil have no intention of reducing their emissions to net zero and they are responsible for 70 per cent of global emissions. Numerous countries, including Germany, Poland and Japan, are still building coal-fired power plants.

It is ironic that Donald Trump withdrew America from the Paris Accord on greenhouse gas emissions, but now the International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported that the US led the world in reducing its CO2 emissions in 2019. A switch from coal-powered plants to gas-powered ones was a contributing factor. 

Greta Thunberg and her disciples must now be feeling foolish for attacking The Donald. Perhaps she and her followers might give us all a rest and go to China – by yacht, of course. 

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Clark Cross
Clark Cross is a retired chartered accountant, finance director and managing director. He lives in Scotland.

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